The Sodbury Slog this year promises to be one of the best yet, with organisers making a conscious effort to make the event more ‘green’.

For years the Slog has been a big part of the annual calendar with over 1,000 runners taking part annually.

It has even been featured in Runners World top 50 events for runners.

Now though, the Slog directors have told the Gazette that they are focussed on ensuring that the event is more sustainable.

“The tops this year are 100 per cent recycled,” Steve Herring said.

“We have just had them through and they look brilliant, we have had to pay a premium but we felt it was a good thing to do.”

The move comes after the event started to get rid of plastic by introducing paper water cups.

“They are small steps but it is a good move,” Steve said.

The Slog raises thousands of pounds for charity each year.

Directors Steve and James Wade said: “Last year the event raised around £15,000.

“The entry fee has had to increase as the cost to stage the event has increased but Bitton Road Runners have been able to increase the donations made to charities.”

Last year the Slog supported Jessie May and Forever Friends at the RUH, with both charities still having places available for the event this year.

That is as well as the Bitton Road Runners, the group that organise the slog, supporting Hop, Skip and Jump.

“They are a charity that provide the highest quality care for young people with disabilities and special educational needs,” James said.

“I was invited down and I was in awe of them.

“It’s a big part of a community event, you have to make sure that the proceeds support others.”

The pair have just organised some of the last details for this year’s event, which is on Remembrance Sunday.

“I think it is so popular because it is organised by runners for runners,” Steve explained.

“The marshals are fantastic and we all enjoy organising the event. This year is going to be another good one.”

This year the post race cake will again be provided by Hobbs House and they will be distributed in paper bags.